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Advocates: Families 'very worried' about raids, deportation

NEW BEDFORD — Undocumented immigrants and families from Central America living in New Bedford are worried and panicked in light of the federal government’s deportation of 121 individuals living in Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina who were taken into custody this weekend, local immigration advocates said.

It’s a concern. There are a number of families who are very worried,” said Corinn Williams, executive director of the Community Economic Development Center.

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Latinos urge lawmakers to help ‘undocumented immigrants’

BOSTON – Activists marked International Migrants Day at the State House Friday by delivering a declaration pledging support for undocumented immigrants and calling on Beacon Hill leaders to join them in taking up the cause. Representatives of Centro Presente, the Student Immigration Movement and the Brazilian Worker Center brought copies of the declaration to the offices of Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg.

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PRESS RELEASE: Centro Presente Launches Informative Campaign and Continues Its Efforts to Educate Immigrant Community About Its Rights

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Patricia Montes, Centro Presente 617 483 2937

Boston, MA- Within the context of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) increased emphasis on deporting families and children who arrived in this country fleeing violence and societal instability in Central America, Centro Presente is redoubling its on-going efforts to educate the community about the rights of immigrants and the reasons why people are coming to the U.S. undocumented. As part of this increased effort Centro Presente is hosting two forums in January.

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Patricia Montes, Centro Presente 617 483 2937

WHEN: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Steps of the Massachusetts State House

Boston, MA- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reportedly planning a nationwide surge in raids starting this month aimed at deporting adults and children who have already been ordered removed by an immigration judge.

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Al Día Con Centro Presente- Renuncia del presidente de Guatemala debido a las presiones del movimiento popular

Our latest radio show “Al Dia con Centro Presente” about the resignation of Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and the corruption scandal La Linea with our guest Rodrigo Huertas, from SIM (Student Immigrant Movement).

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Trump vows at Boch bash: Illegal immigrants are ‘going to be gone’

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump doubled down on his hardline stance on immigration tonight at a campaign event at car czar Ernie Boch Jr.’s sprawling Norwood mansion.

“You know a lot of the gangs in St. Louis and Ferguson, a lot of the gangs in Chicago, the toughest and the meanest, the worst dudes … they’re illegal immigrants,” Trump said to a loud round of applause. “And I tell you one thing, if I get in, they’re going to be gone so fast out of this country … They’re going to be gone.”

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Donald Trump rips CNN, illegals, John Kerry, backs Tom Brady

Slamming Secretary of State John F. Kerry as “a joke,” Donald Trump whipped a crowd of supporters into a froth at a fundraiser at car czar Ernie Boch Jr.’s Norwood manse, where the fiery real estate mogul doubled down on his hardline anti-immigration stance and scorched a CNN reporter.

“John Kerry is a joke. No, he’s a bicyclist,” Trump said of the former Bay State senator. “He’s 73 years old and he’s got a very big (Iran nuclear) deal going on and he goes into a bike race and breaks a leg. The Iranians can’t believe what’s going on.”

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Trump’s rise pushes GOP further right

Dog-whistle rhetoric alienates large segments of electorate

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil | 9/2/2015, 10:37 a.m.

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MA Advocates: Trump's "Anti-Immigrant" Rhetoric Targets Latinos, Mexicans

BOSTON - Immigrant advocates held a vigil at the State House this week to call attention to anti-immigrant hate speech. They say the actions of GOP front-runner Donald Trump added fuel to the fire.

Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, said they already had planned Wednesday night’s vigil at the State House when Trump ejected Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos from a news conference. She said that move shined a spotlight on a pattern in Trump’s anti-immigrant talk and actions.

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Trump visit draws mixed reaction in Norwood


Groups of protesters and throngs of supporters greeted presidential candidate Donald Trump as he arrived in Norwood.

One of the first to arrive outside Ernie Boch Jr.’s home on Sumner Avenue was Norwood resident Linda Fingerson, who took umbrage with some of Trump’s charged statements on immigration and race. She thought the $100 to attend the fundraiser could be better spent elsewhere.